A portion of West Fulton Street will get a fresh coat of asphalt this spring, and Hillcrest Drive will be reconstructed by the fall.
The two separate projects were the topic of a Feb. 25 informational meeting, at Waupaca’s city hall.
Bids for the projects will be opened on March 12, John Edlebeck, the city’s public works director, told the approximately 10 people in attendance.
Weather permitting, the city’s Public Works Department will begin its work in April.
He said the Fulton Street project will be completed by Memorial Day. The contractor will face a $1,000 penalty per day if it is not.
“This will happen quickly. It could be a three to four-week project,” Edlebeck said.
The Fulton Street project will start around the Western Avenue intersection and go to about the former Churny Cheese building, he said.
This project will include repair of the failing concrete pavement joints, utility adjustments, pavement preparation and grinding and asphalt overlay.
One lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions throughout the project.
Edlebeck said the pavement is between 20 and 25 years old, and the city will work with the project’s contractor.
The Hillcrest Drive project will begin just past the curve which is after the entrance to several businesses on the street. The project will end at intersection with Harrison Street, he said.
This project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 19, but may be completed sooner than that date.
“The contractor may do it right after the other (Fulton Street) project. It will be up to them,” Edlebeck said.
The city expects the Hillcrest Drive project to take approximately six weeks to complete.
The project will include the complete removal of the existing pavement and base aggregate course and some minor storm sewer work.
The reconstruction work is needed due to the aged and deteriorated condition of the pavement.
WE Energies plans to install new natural gas mains along the south side of the Hillcrest Drive in March, Edlebeck said.
The pavement will be reconstructed with new curb and gutter.
The portion of Hillcrest Drive being reconstructed will be closed to through traffic, with local resident access restricted at times.
There will be a signed detour route along Fulton and Harrison streets.
Access to driveways on Hillcrest Drive may be limited at times, when work is taking place directly in front of a property.
Edlebeck said the city’s Police Department will allow overnight parking on adjacent streets and in front of Hillcrest Drive properties if driveway access is restricted.
He said businesses and services are being notified about the project. Service to properties will continue.
Those who have service delivery issues or concerns should contact the services directly, he said.
The city proposes no assessments for this project, with the exception of 605 Center Street and 615 Hillcrest Drive.
Those two properties will be assessed for the instatllation of new curb and gutter, where there currently is none.
After the project is complete, the city will restrict parking on Hillcrest Drive.
While parking is currently allowed on the street, some people attending the Feb. 25 meeting said no one parks on the street, because it is too narrow.
The city will post information about the project on Nixle, as well as on its website and Facebook page.
Nixle is a free notification service the city uses.
It allows people to receive different types of information specific to the area sent as an email or text message to a mobile phone.
People may visit nixle.com/city-of-waupaca for information about how to sign up for such alerts.
They may also visit the city’s website at www.cityofwaupaca.org and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofwaupaca for ongoing information about the projects.